Expo Day 2 & 3: IWRG, CMLL, Perros

(AAA TV gets it’s own post, as usual.)

PANCRACIO (SUN) 07/25 Centro Banamex [R de Rudo]
1) Baby Perez, Kumo, Reyden, Zikario b Calle 13, Esprial Negro, Golden Bull, Lobo Vikingo
2) Lola Gonzalez b Kamilion [lightning]
3) Enrique Vera, Enrique Vera Jr., Hijo de Kato Kung Lee, Nuevo Kat Kung Lee b Coco Azul, Coco Azul Jr., Coco Rojo, Rambo
4) El Mimo b Loockman [mask]

Luis Carlos Chavez Sánchez, form DF, 7 years a wrestler.

CMLL (SAT) 07/24 Centro Banamex [MTR de RudoEstrellas del RingLa WagnerManiaThe Gladiatores]
1) Eléctrico & Mascarita DoradaDemus 3:16 & Pequeño Warrior
2) Dark Angel, Lluvia, MarcelaAmapola, La Comandante, Princesa Sujei
3) Averno, Ephesto, MephistoLa Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Máximo
4) Atlantis, Rey Bucanero, Último GuerreroDragón Rojo Jr., Jushin Liger, Shigeo Okumura
5) Místico, Shocker, Strong ManHéctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

No angles on the show, just a spot show in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Mistica on Garza for the main event win.

Dragon Rojo replaced the (bizarrely) advertised Mr. Niebla, in what was said to be the best match of the show.

The big CMLL news of the show is they were charging 20 pesos for photo, where everyone else was taking them for free (and maybe CMLL might have supposed to as well.)

CMLL Fashion Show: Estrellas del Ring, The Gladiatores.

IWRG (SUN) 07/25 Centro Banamex [Black Terry Jr. (flickr)R de RudoEstrellas del Ring]
1) Chico Che & FreelanceEterno & Imposible
2) Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo LocoBlack Terry, Cerebro Negro, Comando Negro
3) Oficial 911Espíritu & VenenoNicho el MillionarioHijo del Cien CarasPimpinela EscarlataAerostarMike SeguraBilly BoyOficial AK47Gato EvereadyLaredo KidDr. CerebroOficial Fierro [Copa High Power]
4) Silver KingMáscara Año 2000 Jr. [IWRG IC HEAVY]

Partial victory for IWRG! That’s enough a fine day for them. Oficial 911 beat Espiritu to win the Copa for his promotion. This match gave us such finishes as “Billy Boy eliminated by Mike Segura” and “Nicho beat by Veneno”.

Silver King is still IWRG champ, though it took help from Espiritu, Hijo de Tirantes, and and a foul to get the job done.

Gringos used a foul to win the segunda.

Dos de Tres has photos of the cibernetico, video of that match, and video of the title match.

PdM (SUN) 07/25 Centro Banamex [MTEstrellas del RingR de Rudo]
1) Heddi Karaoui, Pesadilla, Ragde b Drastik Boy, Konami, Naruto
2) Celestial & Cósmico b Mr. Aguilita & Talisman
3) Annie Social & Diva Salvaje b Medussa & Shelly Martinez
4) el Ángel, El Hijo de Rey Misterio, Hijo de LA Park b Bestia 666, Black Warrior, TJP
5) Damián 666 b Supreme and X-Fly [hardcore]
6) El Hijo Del Santo, LA Park, Marco Corleone DQ el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Halloween, Hijo del Lizmark

Tecnicos were going to win the match, but then La Park decided he didn’t like how Santo accidentally hit him before, and ripped off his mask. So his side still wins by DQ. If this is the last Perros del Mal show, I’m so glad they went out how they lived, with a indecipherable disqualification finish. Way to be true to oneself. They teased Santo/Park, but Park’s in AAA and Santo’s sure not going there any time this century.

Semimain was the ultraviolent match DTU was prohibited from doing last year. Things can change. X-Fly was strechered out, and Damian pinned Supreme to win.

Other Stuff

Dorian Roldan continues to feud with El Hijo del Santo, patting himself on the back for being politecomplaining that Santo called him a  name, and dropped Santo’s real name, all during their TV taping. Over on his blog, Cesar wonders why Dorian is an imebcile, and my belief is it’s because he doesn’t have people around him correcting him when he goes astray – someone needs to be telling him to get off Twitter right now. Dorian is probably completely in the right in his argument with Santo, but he’s also embarrassing himself, and his company, and burning bridges he’ll need someday. A mid 20s kid with a lot of people who listen to him may not realize this, but I’m sure there are people around him who know better.

R de Rudo notes a talkative Ke Monito, body paint on Christina Von Eerie, and some of the other women at the shows.

Cesar rips matches on the El Pancracio show and Los Perros show, especially that women’s match.

SuperLuchas has one man’s experience of Day 1.

Espaldas Planas has photos of the second day.

Los Villanos sign autographs, talk about the hour plus matches they used to wrestle in El Toreo. MT also has “Lucha Libre, it’s for women too!” article, and one about a lucha artwork site called idolos.com.mx.

Expo: Demon/Lider new champs, Psicosis v Mistico, Santo v AAA, lineups

CMLL (FRI) 07/23 Arena Mexico [SuperLuchasCesar]
1) Astro Boy & MetálicoMortiz & Semental
2) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Princesa SujeiDark Angel, Lluvia, Luna Mágica
3) Ángel de Oro, Diamante, RushCancerbero, Raziel, Virus
4) MarcelaLady Apache [lightning]
5) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey BucaneroBlue Panther, Delta, La Máscara
6) Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila, Psicosis DQ Místico, Shocker, Strong Man

Rudos won in straight falls, pinning Shocker & Strong Man in the first, and Psicosis tossing his mask to Mistico to draw the DQ in the second. Psicosis also did a legdrop from the top of the stage onto Mistico in the move of the night. Mistico wanted a mask vs mask match, but Psicosis agreed only to a singles match and then they’ll see. Psicosis vs Mistico looks to be the main event of the Anniversary show. More could be added, but they’re the best bet.

Felino came to the ring with a guitar and dressed as if he was Rigo. Not the IWRG guy, the Mexican musician with long hair (that Rigo was parodying.) Rudos beat Panther to win the match after Delta had taken La Mascara out on a dive by accident.

Third match was said to be pretty good.

DTU (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex [Estrellas del RingR de RuddoEspaldas Planas]
1) Chica Tormenta b Dement Xtreme, Lady Luxor
2) Flamita b Tacubo, Muerte Bucanera, Dement Extreme, Ciclope, Hormiga,Lobo Metalico
3) Trivan b Black Fire
4) Trauma I & Trauma II b Paranoiko & Psicosis III
5) Eterno & Low Rider b Crazy Boy & Daga and Drastik Boy & Iron Love
6) Joe Lider b Aeroboy, Kaientai, Violento Jack, Murder Angel [DTU]

Lider pinned Aeroboy to pick up the the DTU title in the main event.

Eterno pinned Daga; those two are feuding across promotions. Silver King, looking for another promotion to get involved in, showed up after the semimain to challenge Crazy Boy to a street fight at their August show.

A few minutes into the Traumas match, Paranoiko took off his own mask and walked to the back, never to return. No one seems to mention why. One of the Traumas was ripping at his mask, maybe it broke it and he didn’t have another one?

NWA MEXICO (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex [Estrellas del RingR de RudoThe Gladiatores]
1) Apolo Dantés & Cesar Dantes b Cien Caras Jr. & El Hijo de Aníbal
2) Skayde b Carta Brava Jr., Hanaoka, Mr. Katana [NWA MEX WELTER]
3) Turbo b Templario [NWA MEX LIGHT]
4) Black Terry & Solar I DRAW Negro Navarro & Rocky Santana
5) Blue Demon Jr. b Oliver John [PWR HEAVY]

Only the Gladiatores has the right titles in the  matches (the other two said Demon won the NWA Heavyweight Title back, though they later corrected that on Twitter.) I’m not sure if it was just accidental confusion or if the promotion was making things confusing. (07/26 Edit: PWR assures me that it was announced as for their title, not for the NWA title.)

Results also list Skyde with the lighteweight belt and Turbo with the welterweight belt, which is the opposite of the last time we’ve seen them (I’ve got them corrected above.) Not that it really means anything, since it’s the same exact physical belt and they only defend it once every six months, but Turbo and Skayde were listed as if they had swapped championship since last time we saw them. Tag match was said to be very good. Templario hurt himself in his title match but managed to finish.

IWRG (FRI) 07/23 Centro Banamex [The GladiatoresEstrellas del RingEspaldas PlanasR de Rudo]
1) Cerebro Negro & Dr. CerebroOrito (Segura) & Panterita
2) Fishman Jr., Hijo de Pirata Morgan, Hijo del SignoBobby Lee Jr., Hijo del Brazo de Plata, Hijo del Pantera
3) el Ángel, Pantera, Villano III DQ Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Veneno
4) Canek, Scorpio Jr., Tinieblas Jr. DQ Hijo del Cien Caras, Máscara Año 2000, Universo 2000

This was the annual Mask Festival show, where everyone wore their old masks and gave them away after their match.

Before the main, IWRG (Cesar Moreno & Black Terry) handed out awards for various people: El Signo (still recovering from injury, accepted by his son), Tinieblas Sr., Mascara Ano 2000, Universo 2000 and Cien Caras (accepted by his son, not sure why Caremlo Reyes wasn’t there). Everyone congratulated each other, and then the rudos jumped the tecnicos to start the main event. Rudos won the first, tecnicos the second, and Pirata ran in the third to set up a mask/hair match with Canek. Please, no.

DQ in the semimain was for Pirata blatantly fouling Villano III. First two matches were both straight fall wins for the rudos.

Black Terry Jr. has a metric ton of photos from the first day. Los Perros del Mal took a picture of one familiar fan waiting in line for autographs.

The big out of the ring news was Dorian Roldan saying AAA had been sued by El Hijo del Santo. Dorian posted on Twitter that Santo was angry about being on the TripleMania DVD (or, probably more accurately, angry he was on the DVD without being paid more). Dorian did not seem worried about it. Santo acknowledged the suit but said no more.

Ras de Lona bits

  • Hype for Mistico vs Psicosis
  • Puma King refused to shake hands with Tiger Kid after the events of the cage match. Replays showed they both hit each other during the match before Tiger knocked Puma off the cage and left him to die. They might actually be going somewhere with this.
  • Still no footage from Nuevo Laredo, but they had Oriental (now painting his face with kanji) talking about his loss
  • Olimpico’s faked the fakest foul in the history of fake fouls on Tuesday.
  • Strong Man promo, refers to himself in the third person as “the Strongman” repeatedly.
  • Loco Max showed off Centella de Oro’s hair. And Tony Rivera’s, for some reason. Seuxis, with new weird eye makeup, showed off Silueta’s mask.
  • Multiple interviews with Sangre Chicana.
  • Garza and Tirantes promo, setting up more with Volador & Sombra

CMLL’s main show is on at 3PM CT this Sunday. Coloso Colosetti will be featured.

Fuego en el Ring says Arena Coliseo Guadalajara lucha libre is airing at 7 pm on Saturdays and noon on Sundays. (That’s 8pm and 1pm Eastern.) Show airs on Megacable 6, which has a website and a streaming feed. I’d guess it’s the Teleforumla show, but maybe they’d air it all the way thru.

SuperLuchas has  profile of Oaxaca trainer Challenger.

Estrellas de Ring has an interview with Rey Cobra.

Diario de Xalapa has a story on local luchador/boxer of the past, Aguila Negra.

411Mania has a recap of last night’s Lucha Libre USA show.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/27 Arena Mexico
1) Robin & Trueno vs Disturbio & Semental
2) Dalys la Caribeña, Lluvia, Marcela vs La Seductora, Princesa Sujei, Seuxis
3) Diamante, Pegasso, Rey Cometa vs Euforia, Raziel, Virus
4) Hijo del Fantasma, Sagrado, Strong Man vs Histeria, Jushin Lyger, Olímpico
5) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada vs Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

Trios champs versus likely contenders a week before the usual fan appreciation show. I wonder what could happen?

Lyger, Histeria and Olimpico is such a weird team. Did Yoshihashi get hurt? Ras de Lona had Valiente in Strong Man’s spot.

Team RAPIDA vs the Cancerberos in the tecera.

CMLL (FRI) 07/30 Arena Mexico
1) Horus & Leono vs Camorra & Súper Comando
2) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Oro, Ángel de Plata vs Arkangel de la Muerte, Loco Max, Skándalo
3) Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero vs Charly Manson, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila
4) Último Guerrero vs EphestoTexano Jr.AvernoMephistoMáscara DoradaStuka Jr.La Sombra [CMLL Universal, tournament]
5) Místico vs Psicosis

Psicosis has something to prove. Ras de Lona didn’t mention that match, or any main event. I dunno.

Five rudos in this half of the bracket, including all four Hijos de Averno. The match up they’re teasing has to be a rematch of last year’s finals (Ultimo Guerrero vs Texano Jr.), but with the long tease of Terrible & Texano leaving the rest of the group to partner with Garza, I wonder if this might be the time they actually do that break. Only Stuka or Ephesto would be big surprises coming out of this side, everyone else is pretty reasonable. Might have a reasonable chance for decent length matches with only five matches (and a singles match on top.) I still like the idea of Volador vs Sombra in the final, but there’s other ways they could go here.

Next Friday’s remaining champions: Lyger, Negro, Garza, Aguila, Mascara, Volador, Valiente, Metro. 07/30 seems like the stronger week.  Too bad Charlie lost to X-Fly, he totally would’ve been in this.

Expo, CMLL, IWRG

Today is the first day of the Lucha Libre Expo. Promoters are expecting 28,000 people to visit Centro Banamex for the shows over the next three days. The Gladiatores have the full calendar of events, including lineups for the EAW shows (which will be running opposite other shows in the main ring), though it doesn’t appear totally accurate. They’ve got the old DTU & Perros lineups, but have the updated CMLL lineup.

The big news we’ll be looking for out of these shows is anything on Dr. Wagner’s status. He’s scheduled to work the main event semimain on Sunday’s AAA TV taping. His son is actually wrestling about the same time in the EAW ring, so perhaps the AAA champion will make another cameo there and elsewhere. The other guy likely to have a big night is Perro Aguayo Jr., celebrating his birthday today. Besides his show on Sunday, he’s listed as appearing on the AAA show; no big surprise, but it’ll be the first time since TripleMania.

Los Perros appear to be running their last show here Sunday – they still haven’t announced another one – which will include matches for the next Viva La Lucha PPV, as will the NWA Mexico show. This is NWA Mexico’s first show in quite a while, only popping up for the expo, which might be the pattern the Perros follow. IWRG has two shows, DTU has one show (which probably will make TVC Deportes), and CMLL has it’s usual show (which may show up on CadenaTres; we should ask their twitter!) It’d be more fun to be there, but there will probably be enough video coming out to get a feel for it.

Halloween gives an interview hyping up the Perros show. He says the rivalries between companies are between the owners and the promoters, but the luchadors are all luchadors together.

CMLL will be presenting Maximo vs Taichi in HD on Saturday at the expo. I wonder if this is the normal show in HD or just the ringside camera bit from YouTube extended over a whole match.

CMLL’s show tonight in Arena Mexico will be their final six match show for a couple weeks. The CMLL Universal tournament starts next Friday, which will change the format and the participants. This week’s card leans heavily on non-champions (only Aguila, Garza, Negro, and Mascara have eligible titles.) The main event has the only running storyline, the quickly starting Mistico/Psicosis feud. Though I guess it’s possible Strong Man/Shocker vs Aguila/Garza could be a tag title match at some point.

IWRG/Black Terry Jr.

No full results, but it looks like Chico Che won Copa Bicentenial last night, an actual big IWRG win over AAA. Might be the first in a lot of them. The key is clearly involving the real core of IWRG – none of this silly Junior Dinamitas stuff or Rayo or even Scorpio, guys who show up in the main event for a few weeks and then disappear again. IWRG is the Oficials, the Cerebros and Black Terry, Chico Che, random indy geeks, unidentifiable novatos and Veneno. That’s the true spirit of IWRG.

Talking to Fuego en el Ring, Volador Jr. says he doesn’t want to be on the same side as Mistico.  Dragon Rojo Jr. says he’s back, but not 100%.

Dos de Tres has a preview of it’s interview with El Dandy, and a video interview with him. Dos De Tres’ feature articles are usually very good.

Sangre Azteca and Hijo de Fantasma are in Spain today, part of an international festival.

Pancracio has a bunch of interviews, with Princesa Dorada, with Snake & Impacto X (and his Sombra mask), and with Mensajero de la Muerte, Aborto and Okuzono, though that last set is annoying in all caps. Most keyboards come with working Shift and Caps Lock keys, more people should use them.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Silueta, Lucha Libre Expo

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Fuego en el Ring has an interview with Silueta, unmasked and still very angry about how she lost her mask – she accuses the referee and the commission of being bought off in the middle of her rant. It took this long to get the unmasked photo because Silueta pulled an Amapola on Sunday – she pulled off her mask, immediately covered her head with a towel, and hurried to the back to prevent anyone from taking photos.

The Lucha Libre Expo starts tomorrow. There’s some last second hype:

  • NWA Mexico has a video on YouTube hyping their card. I think Skayde and Turbo traded weight divisions again.
  • AAA sent out a lot of press releases hyping up their matches for the TV taping, including one wondering if Chris Stone might be joining the rudo side. I could seee that.
  • Horus will be teaching children’s olympic style wrestling classes on Friday and Sunday.
  • DJ Spectro has a profile of Super Halcon Jr., recently wrestling in IWRG and headling the El Pancracio show.

Vampiro says Los Gargoles (including him) will have a new album out in August. Vampiro says he likes lucha libre, but hates the politics. I would suggest not wrestling in AAA.

In Arena Aficion, Guerrero Warrior lost his mask to Titan. Guerrero Warrior is Johan Morales, 10 years a wrestler, originally from DF. A “Histeria Junior” wrestled in the undercard, wearing the same gear as the original.

If you missed earlier, MTV’s posted the first episode of Lucha Libre USA on their website.

CMLL’s running a show at Arena Neza this Sunday with a minis eight man match. I’m still surprised CMLL hasn’t reflexively run a big match in Coliseo on Sunday against the Perros and AAA shows at the expo. Maybe it’s some sort of group agreement with the expo to not sabotage each other, because CMLL’s made a point of making life difficult for the Perros in particular.

In Lagos, a group of wrestlers have formed an official lucha libre commission so they can get licensed. They’re all students at Universo 2000’s gym there.

Leo Montero talks about his role as interviewer on 100% Lucha. The show is touring Argentina while kids are off for winter break.

Cronicas y Leyendas looks at 1980 trio Mascara Ano 2000, Cien Caras and El Signo.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Ohtani’s Jacket writes about more random matches, including Santo vs Perro Senior.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 07/27 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Relampago vs Cerveruz
2) Angelo & Astaroth vs Ángel del Mal & Infierno
3) Neutrón & Palacio Negro vs Malefico & Mr. Trueno
4) Máximo, Rotoporky, Shocker vs Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Rey Bucanero
5) Metal Blanco & Stuka Jr. vs Exterminador & Máscara Mágica [mask, hair]

So, next Tuesday, not next Sunday. That makes more sense.

07/23-25 Lucha Times

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AAA: Zapopan show, with a main event that needs a flow chart to explain all the run ins. The Perros del Mal debut, and there’s the token joshi appearance for the year. Hooray?

52MX: Women’s trios and Maximo/Mistico/Shocker vs Atlantis/Lyger/UG.

LATV: probably a rerun

CMLL-TF: who can say. I’m guessing rerun, actually.

Masked Warriors: almost forgot. Main should be Lizmark/Sadistko vs Charly Malice/Super Nova, which is probably good.

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CMLL: Mistico/Psicosis feud makes TV this time around, as does the winner of Infierno en el Ring.

AAA-MEX: Parka/Park, the rematch. Perros vs Wagner/187. Billy/Tiger vs Aero/Super.

CMLL FOX: the Infierno en el Ring cage match.

C3: Mascara/Mascara/Strong Man vs Renegades, plus Fabian unmasked.

Puebla: can’t tell if it’s going to air, TVC Deportes isn’t big on listing it’s shows for Mondays. Anniversary show if it does.

Perros: see above, except I have no idea what’s left.

ACM: on? not on? dunno.

CMLL-TFN: Texano/Shocker & Dragon/Dorada.

Tuesday results, new masks vs hairs match set, IWRG doubleheader

Pequeno Halcon/@cmllmagazine

CMLL (TUE) 07/20 Arena Mexico [Cesar, @cmllmagazine]
1) Rayo Tapatío I & Rayo Tapatío II DQ Artillero & Súper Comando
2) Pequeño Halcón, Pequeno Maximo, Último Dragoncito b Cisne, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Violencia
3) Ángel Azteca Jr., Ángel de Plata, Fabián el Gitano b Arkangel de la Muerte, Dr. X, Skándalo
4) Charly Manson, El Alebrije, Olímpico DQ Máximo, Rotoporky, Sagrado
5) La Máscara, Máscara Dorada, Strong Man DQ Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano

Strong Man replaced Sombra. Sombra & Volador also off of Friday’s show, replaced by Blue Panther and La Mascara there. Dunno. Garza fouled Strong Man for the DQ in the main event.

Charly debuted in what was  mostly a comedy match. DQ there was for Alebrije faking a foul.

One of the few clean finishes on the night was Fabian getting Dr. X to submit to a potro, after failing at another submission.

New minis were said to look just OK.

DQ in the opener was for Artillero pulling Rayo I’s mask.

CMLL (TUE) 07/20 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara [Fuego en el Ring]
1) Titanio b Black Metal
2) Acertijo & León Blanco b Astaroth & Javier Cruz Jr.
3) Leo & Palacio Negro b Ebola & Ráfaga
4) Exterminador, Máscara Mágica, Pólvora b Fuego, Metal Blanco, Stuka Jr.
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Mephisto b Blue Panther, Hijo del Fantasma, Metro

Mephisto replaced Rey Bucanero. Rudos won the main event clean.

Exterminador and Mascara Magica beat Metal Blanco & Stuka by yanking their masks. This suddenly sets up a masks vs hair match for next Sunday.

In a story that looks like it was originally reported by Reforma, and posted by SuperLuchas today, someone left a threatening message on Perro Aguayo Jr.’s phone, saying they’d kill his family if they were not paid off. Since he left a message, the police are tracking the number down. Scary situation.

AAA hasn’t mentioned the Verano lineup, but has put up the poster for the show. Their posters seem familiar.

This article previewing the Lucha Libre Expo has no news value, but does give this astounding list of luchadors:

Cibernetico, Dr. Wagner, el Hijo del Santo, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Atlantis, Okumura, Shocker

One of these things is not like the others.

There’s a Lucha Libre school in London. I can only imagine.

Rocky Romero and Amensia are listed as working an indy lucha card in California this weekend. Amnesia hasn’t shown up an AAA lineup since May.

Segunda Caida has a review of even more Black Terry matches.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

Lineups

IWRG (SAT) 07/24 Centro Banamex
1) Chico Che & Freelance vs Eterno & Imposible
2) Trauma I, Trauma II, Zatura vs Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo, Gringo Loco
3) Aerostar, Extreme Tiger, Gato Eveready, Laredo Kid, Ozz, Pimpinela Escarlata, Último Gladiador vs Dr. Cerebro, Hijo del Cien Caras, Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Oficial Fierro, Suicida, Veneno [Copa High Power]
4) Máscara Año 2000 Jr. vs Silver King [IWRG IC HEAVY]

Just realized IWRG appears to be running two shows on Saturday. The masked man show is still on, this is in addition to that. At least that’s what I think is going on – the expo site still has the old DTU lineup.

CMLL (MON) 07/26 Arena Puebla
1) Asturiano & Stigma vs Fuerza Chicana & Toro Bill Sr.
2) Metálico, Molotov, Sensei vs Durango Kid, Puma King, Tiger Kid
3) Aereo, Pequeno Halcon, Último Dragoncito vs Cisne, Pequeño Nitro, Pequeño Warrior
4) Metro, Toscano, Valiente vs Dragón Rojo Jr., Misterioso II, Yoshihashi
5) Blue Panther, La Máscara, Místico vs Charly Manson, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila

Charly was already booked on a lot of shows before last night, sot hey’re giving him a full run. Stigma is a guy from Coliseo Coalaco.

top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. Dr. Wagner Junior went to the CMLL show in Nuevo Laredo to make sure everyone was talking about him. Mission accomplished! Depending on who you listen to, he has or does not have a contract with AAA, but both sides are saying they’ll still be working together. Before his appearance, Wagner gave the press the impression he was going to CMLL, but that does not appear to be the case. CMLL’s has totally ignored the whole situation, an admirable strategy.
  2. In the actual main event but totally overshadowed, Oriental lost his mask to Mistico. Six days later, Fabian el Gitano also lost his mask, to Angel de Oro. Histeria, involved in both mask matches and rumored to be losing his mask any time soon, still is a masked man.
  3. Lucha Libre USA: Masked Warriors debuted to okay reviews and an average rating. The ratings trend a few weeks ago is what matters, but they’re not going to have the hype they had for week 1 for all the following weeks.
  4. Mr. Niebla might have gotten the main event of the anniversary show, but no showed a singles match with Mistico and is now on triple secret suspension. CMLL is aware they have their biggest show of the year in eight weeks, but will get to figuring out a main event right after they clean out the garage and mow the lawn. Maybe put up those shelves too. It’s on the weekend list.
  5. For it’s part, AAA’s Verano de Escandalo is just three weeks away, and they don’t appear to have come up with a major show card. They have a card, but it looks like a TV lineup with an uninteresting title match and Perro Jr.’s first appearance tacked on. Underwhelming.
  6. Just after AAA turned Rocky Romero rudo and set up a title match for Verano, Rocky Romero quit the company over a pay dispute. He isn’t the only one who isn’t happy over paycuts, and upcoming lineups have a lot cheaper lineups than usual. AAA appears to be having money issues; coming off TripleMania, the night which would seem to make them the most money of the year, this is especially concerning.

Selected other stuff

  • Chessman suffered a fractured ankle due to an attack from Nicho el Millionario. AAA ignored the whole thing until Chessman appeared at a show with his ankle in a cast.
  • Hereos del Ring’s roster was announced, cleverly diverting attention from the game being pushed back (again)
  • Tirantes refereed some more matches, and everyone realized they really don’t want to see a rudo ref in CMLL in 2010 but it’s not ending any time soon.
  • Popitekus passed away
  • CMLL Universal Tournament to start 07/30
  • Other notable winners: Demus (Bam Bam’s hair), Sexuis (Silueta’s mask), Mr. Aguila & Hector Garza (CMLL Tag Titles), Loco Max (Centella de Oro’s hair)
  • The women who murdered Espectrito II and La Parkita were sentenced to 47 years in jail.
  • Guapos vs Metrosexuals is the only part of the IWRG vs AAA feud that’s made sense to me
  • Strong Man is in the G1. I don’t know. Too bad NJPW wasn’t handing out G1 slots when Dos Jr. was still here and could’ve used the experience.
  • I wrote a post or two that I really liked.

Loco Max wins, links

esimagen.com.mx, via laprimeradepuebla.com

CMLL (MON) 07/19 Arena Puebla [SuperLuchas, Fuego en el Ring]
***Arena Puebla 57th Anniversary Show***
1) Bengala & Metatrón b Camorra & Cholo
2) Hooligan, Nitro, Nosferatu b Leono, Pegasso, Rey Cometa
3) Loco Max b Centella de Oro [hair]
4) La Máscara, La Sombra, Máscara Dorada b Felino, Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero [CMLL TRIOS]
5) Místico, Shocker, Strong Man DQ Héctor Garza, Terrible, Texano Jr.

Cetnella took the first with a top rope plancha, but missed a senton in the second to allow Loco to tie it up. Loco pulled out the win with an inverted Gory bomb. Skandalo approves. Loco Max improves to 2-5 in hair matches, Centella de Oro drops to 3-3. Bet on a rematch next year.

Trios champs retain clean and surely lock in a spot for the CMLL Universal Tournament.

The picture to the side should indicate the DQ in the main event pretty clearly.

Ovaciones suggests Mistico/Volador, Mistico/Histeria, Niebla/Shocker, Guerrero/Lyger as possible anniversary main events, and says the Gran Prix now will take place in September.

AAA has a list of autograph times for the Expo. You’ve got to go early on Friday if you want the new Alebrije and new Cuije’s autographs.

Joao Warner has a post on Cholitas with some great pictures.

Al Filo del Ring has CMLL vs AAA matches from Arena Lopez Mateos, and a Charly Manson interview which meets a premature end when Valiente opts to yell at him from the other side of the hallway.

Ohtani’s Jacket reviews Terrible Cerebros vs Los Bomberos and random CMLL matches from early 90s.

LuchaWorld has KrisZ’s news update.

08/14 AAA TV Lineup (Orizaba) – Verano de Escandalo

AAA TV (SAT) 08/14 Plaza de Toros La Concorida
1) Alan Stone, Jennifer Blake, Mini Abismo Negro, Yuriko vs Cinthia Moreno, El Elegido, Octagoncito, Pimpinela Escarlata
2) Aerostar, Fabi Apache, Mari Apache vs Alex Koslov, Christina Von Eerie, Sexy Star
3) Heavy Metal & Octagón vs Electroshock & Último Gladiador
4) Jack Evans, Joe Lider, Nicho el Millionario vs Hernandez, Nosawa, Zorro
5) Dr. Wagner Jr. vs Silver King vs Vampiro [AAA HEAVY]
6) Cibernético, El Mesías, La Parka Jr. vs Damián 666, el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, LA Park

2010 AAA TV Chart
Projected Air Date (#951, #952?)
Mexico: 08/22, 08/29
US: 09/04, 09/11

El Mundo Orizaba nonchalantly posted the lineup earlier today. Overall, the only way you’d know it was a major show is because they’ve got a title match and it’s Perro’s first match. Otherwise, it’s a normal TV taping, one that could fit in a single taping. We haven’t missed a whole lot of build; it’s just a lot of matches. This would not have been a good card for Arena Monterrey.

Main event explains why Cibernetico and Mesias won the best possible tag team in AAA in one of luchalibreaaa.com’s notoriously suspicious polls the other day. It’s amazing how the right selection wins every time, even when the right selection isn’t obvious beforehand. (Though, if you’re going to fix anything, fix it so your current tag champs aren’t second to last.) This is the AAA Dream Team versus The Best Of The Perros, which really isn’t that impressive. Super Crazy is in AJPW during this, but they’re still not very deep. If LA Park wasn’t considered a Perro (which, like Dorian saying the TripleMania finish wasn’t going to be overturned, is a post TripleMania statement completely ignored later on), this would be silly. Perro Jr. has to be picking up the win

Instead of doing the Silver King vs Vampiro match for the title shot, they go straight to the three way. The #1 conteder’s match probably would’ve ended up there too, so this just saves us one Vampiro match. A recent WON explains Vamp’s TripleMania performance was bad because of cardio issues – I guess he’s had bad cardio for many years now? Anyway, I’m not sure how not having any matches until Verano will actually improve his cardio, but maybe they’ll be hide it in a three way.

Everything else is marking time, as if they’re eight weeks from a major show and are waiting to do even the major angles for it. And that show is Heroes Inmortales. This is a major show in name only.

This is WCW booking, so Hernandez likely defeats the Cruiserweight champion. They did actually set up the Metal/Electroshock feud, and I suspect it’ll follow on here Metal continuing to get destroyed. Apaches and Aerostar are there as foils to whatever they’re doing with the rudo trio.

Alan Stone on the rudo side gives away a storyline yet to happen. Chris is probably turning on Elegido at Sunday’s Lucha Libre Expo taping, and Alan and Chris are probably teaming with Decnnis in Puebla. They thought ahead enough to list Decnnis’ partners as mystery men for that taping, it’s a slip up not to do the same here.

The only fly in is Nosawa, and that probably was agreed to at TripleMania, before whatever happened. They don’t appear to be bringing in any Perros besides Perro Jr., Halloween, Damian and Super Crazy. Everyone else might be done after the Expo.

07/17-18 video links

Guadalajara was a rerun. LATV was a rerun as well, and I’m about two weeks away from stopping bothering to check. Ras de Lona is up here. MTV2 doesn’t have the full Masked Warriors on their website, yet.